“So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27)
When Jesus gathered with his disciples for the Passover meal, an argument arose concerning which one was the greatest. Jesus had entered the city of Jerusalem, and the twelve could sense that in him a new day had dawned. They would lead a revolution, overtaking the old powers of Rome and the corrupt priesthood. They would set things right by show of force. But, as is often the case in the gospels, the disciples’ vision was askew. Jesus had in mind a different kind of power, and a different mode of leadership. Jesus came as one who serves.
Service should be oriented to the other. It is not done so that we can be seen or celebrated. It is done in humility, conducted as an act of obedience to God. Service, when done rightly, follows the model of Jesus, who came to serve and not to be served.
Follow his model; follow his way. Love your neighbor, for by doing so you evidence your love for God.
Jesus, you said the greatest commandment is to love God and love one’s neighbor. Help me to follow that commandment today. Amen.